High Desert Waters, Nov. 2 Report

VICTORVILLE REGION

HESPERIA LAKE: Tentatively, trout plants should start toward the end of this month. Catfish plant are ongoing and were stocked last week, and another plant is slated for Thursday this week. Quite a few limits of catfish have been reported with fish to seven pounds. The seven-pounder this week was landed by Ramon Lopez, Boron, on chicken liver off the north shore. Shrimp, the marshmallow-meal worm combo, and chicken liver have been the top baits. Information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.

JESS RANCH LAKES: The trout bite is finally breaking open at both lakes with very good action this past week. The best bite has been on PowerBait in rainbow, cheddar-garlic, and salmon peach. Inflated nightcrawlers and small artificials are also getting fish. Best spots include the northern and western shores of lake 2 as well as the western shore and grassy point of lake 3. Missael Soto, Victorville, had rainbows at 8.9 and 4.6 pounds on minnow-like lures. Also fair bass action on the western shore of lake 3 and the north and western shore of lake 2 with fish up to 4 pounds. A few catfish are showing on mackerel and shrimp from the western shore of lake 2 and the western shore of lake 3 near the pump house. For more information call 760-240-1107 or go to www.jessranchlakesnews.com.

MOJAVE NARROWS: The last county catfish plant of the season was Sept. 21. No start date yet for trout season, but it should be later this month when both DFW and county plants begin. Information, call 760-245-2226.

ANTELOPE VALLEY REGION

APOLLO PARK LAKE: The 2017 Fall Classic Fishing Derby will be held from 7 to 11 a.m. this Saturday. Cash prizes are paid through 10th place for the heaviest trout caught during the event. Tickets to participate are $20 per person and must be purchased in advance either on-line (reservations.lacounty.gov under the ìClasses and Activitiesî tab) or at Apollo Park, Lancaster; El Cariso Park, Sylmar; or George Lake Park, Quartz Hill. The lake has been planted with both DFW trout and 1,500 pounds of Calaveras hatchery fish, including 500 pounds of trophy rainbows to 16 pounds for this event. For more information, contact Apollo Park at 661-940-7701 or Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

LAKE PALMDALE: The fishing season is currently closed. Fishing season reopens Feb. 3, and the lake is scheduled to receive 70,000 pounds of rainbow trout this coming fishing season. Call the Palmdale Fin & Feather Club for membership and fishing information at 661-947-2884 or got to www.palmdalefinandfeatherclub.com.

QUAIL LAKE: The stripers are boiling on shad, and there has been good action for both stripers and catfish. Most anglers are throwing shad, fresh-dead or live, and shad-like lures and swimbaits tossed to the boils. The bluegill bite is also still pretty fair near the reeds on nightcrawlers under a bobber. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

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